Fitzroy Crossing community leaders have praised Centurion Transport for their efforts in increasing relations between the trucking industry and local community — including the donation of two brand new buses — after recent incidents of dangerous rock throwing. Spearheaded by Federal road safety shadow minister Glenn Sterle and Centurion Transport co-founder Carl Cardaci, a convoy with one 12-seater bus, one 20-seater bus and 60 mattresses from Bedshed Joondalup is due to arrive in Fitzroy within hours, with Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation responsible for allocating the resources. The commuter buses will also carry sporting equipment donated by Velocity Truck Centres, and more than 100 kindness kits donated by Dandelions WA to be used by Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre. Mr Cardaci and Senator Sterle visited Fitzroy Crossing recently and met with community leaders from MWWAC to learn more about the community following episodes of anti-social behaviour including large rocks being thrown at trucks passing through the town. “We asked the leaders to tell us about their biggest current needs and they told us they needed help to transport people from communities in the Fitzroy Valley into town for after school and after dark activities, cultural gatherings, educational classes, and sporting events,” Mr Cardaci said. “We knew pretty much straight away that we could help out. We got our contact books out and made some calls.” As well as supplying the commuter buses, Centurion is also covering maintenance costs for “as long as the community needed the support”. MWWAC interim-CEO Shaun Fowler said the timing of the donations was perfect. “This is meaningful support from Centurion, Velocity Truck Centres, Dandelion WA, and Bedshed and are more than mere gestures,” he said. “It’s something tangible for the communities in the Fitzroy Valley and the benefits will be long-lasting.” “We will work with our young people to have them design artwork which will be painted on the buses as a demonstration of what they mean to them and to our communities.” Mr Fowler said the MWWAC would use the buses for a self-funded night patrol service to engage with young people in the Fitzroy Valley and for other activities during the day. “It’s important to acknowledge the strong partnerships between MWWAC, Marnin, Centurion, Velocity Truck Centres and Bedshed and others in coming together to address local concerns,” he said. “We’re facing our problems and finding solutions instead of talking about them and looking for others to give us the solution. “Centurion’s willingness to become involved in this way is incredibly meaningful to the communities in the Fitzroy Valley. And Senator Sterle has shown his ongoing commitment to the Valley and what can be done when you round up a group of strategic thinkers and logistics experts who know how to get things done.” Mr Cardaci and Senator Sterle are more used to sitting across from each other at the negotiating table rather than side-by-side in a truck cabin. “I know Glenn can drive a truck and a hard bargain. I also know his heart is in helping others, and that struck a chord with me when we visited Fitzroy Crossing recently,” Mr Cardaci said. This week’s load is the third in a series of deliveries to remote communities in the Kimberley from Senator Sterle, with a number of mattresses and sleeping bags already delivered to Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing in previous months.